History VideoGame / OdinSphere

17th Nov '16 4:02:39 AM Chronic5
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* WhoWantsToLiveForever: It is barely alluded to in the game itself, but Pooka do not age, and those who die that way become the ghouls hauling candlesticks around the Netherworld. [[spoiler:Cornelius and Velvet wind up living for an extremely long time after the events of the game, and during the bonus ending, before they return to normal, Velvet explains why they shouldn't live forever.]]

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* WhoWantsToLiveForever: It is barely alluded to in the game itself, before the very end, but the Pooka do not age, and those who die curse confers ageless immortality on its victim, probably as a side effect of being eternally unbreakable. Becoming a humanoid rabbit in exchange for living forever might seem like a good deal, until you realize that way it does not confer any sort of HealingFactor. Pooka who suffer fatal injuries still die and rot and become the ghouls hauling candlesticks around the Netherworld. [[spoiler:Cornelius [[spoiler: King Valentine's actions heavily imply that the ghoul Pooka cannot ever be permanently destroyed, except by something that presumably kills people DeaderThanDead, like Leventhan's phozon absorbtion. Cornelius and Velvet wind end up living for an extremely long time after the events of the game, and during the bonus ending, before they return to normal, Cornelius doubts whether they should abandon eternity in company of each other for a brief human life, but Velvet explains why they shouldn't live forever.convinces him that living forever apart from everyone else, in hiding from normal humans and childless, wouldn't be worth it.]]
8th Nov '16 4:01:26 PM SonicGamer07
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* ActionizedSequel: Actionized ''Remake'', but still in the same vein. ''Leifthrasir'' takes practically all of the methodical, item-juggling combat of the original and throws it straight out the window, replacing it with full-on fast-paced Action RPG mechanics based on the game's successors.
8th Nov '16 12:29:28 PM SonicGamer07
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* SuperMode:
** Oswald gets Shadow Form, an ability that transforms him into the Shadow Knight by holding the the Attack button for a few seconds. This mode greatly enhances his abilities, but jacks up his POW consumption to such a high rate that it's AwesomeButImpractical without an auxiliary item to rapidly restore POW.
** ''Leifthrasir'' replaces Shadow Form with Berserk Mode. By filling the Berserk Gauge through attacking or getting hit, Oswald can transform into the Shadow Knight with R1 + Triangle. While in Berserk, Oswald's damage, speed, attack speed, and Skills are all greatly amplified with no drawbacks. Oswald can also learn skills that grants Berserk certain boons, such as reducing damage taken by half.
** In ''Leifthrasir'', Cornelius can find the Psypher Skill Lightning Saber. Lightning Saber causes Cornelius to point his Psypher skyward until it receives a lightning strike. If the skill is successfully performed without being interrupted, Cornelius enters a pseudo-super state where his movement speed increases to insane levels, his attack speed goes up, all of his attacks fire electric shots that have a high chance to stagger or inflict Dizzy, and his dash attack transforms Cornelius into a redirectable bolt of electricity that leaves behind a trail, inflicting damage over time to enemies that come into contact with it.
7th Nov '16 11:05:21 PM SonicGamer07
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* BraggingRightsReward: The Royal Orb, an endgame-grade equipment item that is acquired from beating Churning Rift of the World. It gives as much DEF as an Ancient Crystal +2 and burns through Phozons at an abnormally high rate in exchange for a percentage increase in damage to normal attacks that's equivalent to your Level as long as you have Phozons left to burn. Unfortunately, if you're strong enough to beat Churning Rift of the World, you don't need it anyway, and unless you go out of your way to max out every single skill, it's AwesomeButImpractical due to how fast it eats Phozons. Subverted if you decide to start an [[NewGamePlus Xtra New Game]], where having a Royal Orb automatically starts you off with a pretty solid equip item, and if you don't care about skills, it's a very good source of instant burst damage if you've been saving up the Phozons for it.
11th Oct '16 7:11:45 PM Vegabond
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* InterspeciesRomance
** Velvet and Cornelius after Cornelius is cursed into a Pooka. [[spoiler: Subverted since Velvet is also transformed in the true ending and they ultimately remove the curse and become human again.]]
** Ingway and Mercedes [[spoiler: even when you don't take Ingway's frog form into account.]] The former is a human while the latter is a fairy.
3rd Oct '16 8:00:51 AM Vegabond
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* SpellMyNameWithAnS: The English translation by Atlus USA changes many of the character names in terms of spelling, even though most of them are pronounced the same. For instance, Odin was original "Ordyne" while Ingway was "Yngwie."

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* SpellMyNameWithAnS: The English translation by Atlus USA changes many of the character names in terms of spelling, even though most of them are pronounced the same. For instance, Odin was original originally "Ordyne" while Ingway was "Yngwie."
3rd Oct '16 7:55:05 AM Vegabond
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* TalkingAnimal:
** The dragons are all capable of human speech with the exception of Leventhan.
** Compared to all other frogs seen in the game, the Frog that appears in Mercedes's story is more than capable of offering a few snarky quips. [[spoiler: It makes sense seeing that the frog is really Ingway, who was cursed into that form.]]
3rd Oct '16 7:35:15 AM Vegabond
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NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: None of the principle protagonists are entirely good or entirely evil. Sadly, many of those who do more kind acts than bad end up suffering as a result.

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* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: None of the principle protagonists are entirely good or entirely evil. Sadly, many of those who do more kind acts than bad end up suffering as a result.
3rd Oct '16 7:34:27 AM Vegabond
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NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: None of the principle protagonists are entirely good or entirely evil. Sadly, many of those who do more kind acts than bad end up suffering as a result.
** Gwendolyn saves Velvet from being executed by Brigan so that her father won't suffer the pain of losing someone he loves. For her trouble, she gets stripped her status as a Valkyrie and wed off to a stranger.
** All Cornelius wanted to do was see Velvet and express his undying feelings for her. What happens? [[spoiler: A jealous Ingway curses him into Pooka and he's sent to the Netherworld by the Wise Men.]] Much of the first half of his story is him just looking for help, only to either be attacked, forced to do some difficult task, or being outright humiliated.
** Probably the worst case ends up happening to Mercedes, whose entire plotline is essentially a ShootTheShaggyDog story. She successfully quells a rebellion instigated by her cousin, calms a raging dragon, returns a frog to its human form [[spoiler: and falls mutually in love with said human]], rescues a dwarven blacksmith from the Netherworld, and defeats the most feared warlord in the land, earning the respect of everyone in Erion. What happens? [[spoiler: Her kingdom is destroyed and all its citizens slaughtered, she discovers that her lover died before they could meet again, and the final battle she has against Onyx ultimately results in her death.]]
24th Sep '16 10:08:46 PM AzureSeas
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* AmbidextrousSprite: Weapons and such switch hands as usual, but the game actually justifies it by having the characters shift said items to opposite hands when turning around.
** Doesn't always work, though. For instance, the designs on Brigan's shields will switch places every time he turns around while Ingway's dagger will constantly switch hips during cutscenes. (It's supposed to remain on his right side.)

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* AmbidextrousSprite: Weapons and such switch hands as usual, but the game actually mostly justifies it by having the characters shift said items to opposite hands when turning around.
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around. However, the designs on Brigan's shields will switch places every time he turns around while Ingway's dagger will constantly switch hips during cutscenes. (It's supposed to remain on his right side.)cutscenes.



* BarbieDollAnatomy: Vulcans, in their transformed state. However, its worth noting that their sprites are crafted carefully to never show their crotches in this form. Their nipples appear to be covered by small spots of live magma (most of their bodies turn into hardened magma in their transformed state) so it's possible this trope is actually averted to some extent.

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Vulcans, in their transformed state. However, its worth noting that their sprites are crafted carefully to never show their crotches in this form. Their nipples appear to be covered by small spots of live magma (most of their bodies turn into hardened magma in their transformed state) so it's possible this trope is actually averted to some extent.state.



* BleakLevel: While none of the levels are sunshine and rainbows, Netherworld Endelphia is a barren land with almost no lights, full of ghosts and really spooky monsters.
** The same could be said for Volkenon, which takes place within an active volcano.

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While none of the levels are sunshine and rainbows, Netherworld Endelphia is a barren land with almost no lights, full of ghosts and really spooky monsters.
** The same could be said for Volkenon, which takes place within an active volcano.



* ChargedAttack: Mercedes can fire a spray of homing shots with her bow. Velvet can also fire off her chain to attack enemies from a distance.

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Mercedes can fire a spray of homing shots with her bow. Velvet can also fire off her chain to attack enemies from a distance.



* ConvectionSchmonvection: Averted; characters gradually lose HP if they don't use a "Cooler" potion in the volcano level or a "Warmer" potion in the snow level.
** This is gone in the remake, with Cooler and Warmer potions instead being used as a means to prevent and reduce damage from status attacks caused by enemies rather than the stage itself.

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* ConvectionSchmonvection: Averted; Averted in the original; characters gradually lose HP if they don't use a "Cooler" potion in the volcano level or a "Warmer" potion in the snow level.
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level. This is gone in the remake, with Cooler and Warmer potions instead being used as a means to prevent and reduce damage from status attacks caused by enemies rather than the stage itself.



* EarnYourHappyEnding: In the bad ending, [[spoiler:[[KillEmAll everybody dies]]]]. In the good ending, [[spoiler: Oswald and Gwendolyn earn their happy ending together, and Cornelius and Velvet survive as Pooka]]. In the best ending, [[spoiler: Cornelius and Velvet become human again]]. The good ending requires the player to [[NoManOfWomanBorn interpret a series of prophecies]] so that each of the five heroes fights during the Apocalypse in the correct order. Unfortunately, to get the best ending the player has to [[OneHundredPercentCompletion see every cutscene possible]]... including the DownerEnding cutscenes that spring from messing up the correct boss fight order. This means you have to fight through the Apocalypse at least four times total in order get the best ending.
** ''Leifthrasir'' fixes things immensely both by allowing you to skip scenes you've already seen and allowing you to return to the attic after you've viewed what you needed, making it so that you only need to actually see the bad ending once.

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* EarnYourHappyEnding: In the bad ending, [[spoiler:[[KillEmAll everybody dies]]]]. In the good ending, [[spoiler: Oswald and Gwendolyn earn their happy ending together, and Cornelius and Velvet survive as Pooka]]. In the best ending, [[spoiler: Cornelius and Velvet become human again]]. The good ending requires the player to [[NoManOfWomanBorn interpret a series of prophecies]] so that each of the five heroes fights during the Apocalypse in the correct order. Unfortunately, to get the best ending the player has to [[OneHundredPercentCompletion see every cutscene possible]]... including the DownerEnding cutscenes that spring from messing up the correct boss fight order. This means you have to fight through the Apocalypse at least four times total in order get the best ending. \n** ''Leifthrasir'' fixes things immensely both by allowing you to skip scenes you've already seen and allowing you to return to the attic after you've viewed what you needed, making it so that you only need to actually see the bad ending once.



* ExactWords: Odin really tripped himself up when he tried to get the magic ring Titrel from the dragon Wagner, insisting that all he wanted Oswald to do was ''slay the dragon''. After it was done, Oswald decided the ring would make a great wedding gift for his new wife and refused to hand it over, a nice play of LoopholeAbuse. Oops!

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* ExactWords: ExactWords:
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Odin really tripped himself up when he tried to get the magic ring Titrel from the dragon Wagner, insisting that all he wanted Oswald to do was ''slay the dragon''. After it was done, Oswald decided the ring would make a great wedding gift for his new wife and refused to hand it over, a nice play of LoopholeAbuse. Oops!



* ExperienceBooster: You can buy a Spirit Gem from the very first merchant you encounter, after the first stage of the game. Equiping this item increases the experience that your Psypher Weapon gains when you absorb phozons. You don't need to have it equipped all of the time, so you can just swap it on whenever you're done killing a wave (or entire level) of enemies. It's also a handy part of the Phozon Farming Abuse trick, which involves using the Phozon Release skill to turn some of your "magic points" into free-floating phozons. Equip the Spirit Gem, release all of the phozons you're carrying, and then reabsorb the phozons. This restores your MP guage (though not to the same level as before), allowing you release and reabsorb all of your phozons again and again. Doing this often will grind up your Psypher Level, especially with the Gem.

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* ExperienceBooster: ExperienceBooster:
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You can buy a Spirit Gem from the very first merchant you encounter, after the first stage of the game. Equiping this item increases the experience that your Psypher Weapon gains when you absorb phozons. You don't need to have it equipped all of the time, so you can just swap it on whenever you're done killing a wave (or entire level) of enemies. It's also a handy part of the Phozon Farming Abuse trick, which involves using the Phozon Release skill to turn some of your "magic points" into free-floating phozons. Equip the Spirit Gem, release all of the phozons you're carrying, and then reabsorb the phozons. This restores your MP guage (though not to the same level as before), allowing you release and reabsorb all of your phozons again and again. Doing this often will grind up your Psypher Level, especially with the Gem.



* GameFace: All Vulcans have humanoid forms, but their real forms are fire spawned creatures with live fire generated from them. Normal Vulcans turn naked, grow horns and have their skin covered by magna, hardened and blackened. Onyx turns into a small Balrog.

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All Vulcans have humanoid forms, but their real forms are fire spawned creatures with live fire generated from them. Normal Vulcans turn naked, grow horns and have their skin covered by magna, hardened and blackened. Onyx turns into a small Balrog.



* HyperactiveMetabolism: Consuming food restores your health ''and'' gives you experience points for increasing your maximum health.

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* HyperactiveMetabolism: HyperactiveMetabolism:
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Consuming food restores your health ''and'' gives you experience points for increasing your maximum health.



* KillerRabbit: When Leventhan appears for the first time, it is just a cute, little baby dragon with an oversized crown and an eggshell for a helmet. The same hatchling dragon gives Oswald a CurbStompBattle and later attacks Gwendolyn with powerful fire attacks that can OHKO her if she is too underleveleded. In the remake, it even gains a new attack in which Leventhan throws a humongous fireball to the ground that causes massive damage, KillerRabbit indeed

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* KillerRabbit: KillerRabbit:
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When Leventhan appears for the first time, it is just a cute, little baby dragon with an oversized crown and an eggshell for a helmet. The same hatchling dragon gives Oswald a CurbStompBattle and later attacks Gwendolyn with powerful fire attacks that can OHKO her if she is too underleveleded. In the remake, it even gains a new attack in which Leventhan throws a humongous fireball to the ground that causes massive damage, KillerRabbit indeeddamage.



* KungFuProofMook: The green Ooze enemies in Titania capital receive only ScratchDamage from melee strikes, a major problem for Cornelius. But they die quickly when hit with a [[KillItWithFire "Napalm" potion]], or Mercedes's crossbow. Blizzard potions, Oswald's [[SuperMode Shadow form]], and Velvet's homing chain will also OneHitKO them as well.
** They've been fixed in the remake where they now take as much damage from regular hits as with other enemies and don't require specific moves/potions/spells to defeat easily.
* LadyOfWar: The valkyries are graceful females with armour allowing room for their wings. While they are primarily armed with spears, they function as slashing weapons.

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* KungFuProofMook: The green Ooze enemies in Titania capital receive only ScratchDamage from melee strikes, a major problem for Cornelius. But they die quickly when hit with a [[KillItWithFire "Napalm" potion]], or Mercedes's crossbow. Blizzard potions, Oswald's [[SuperMode Shadow form]], and Velvet's homing chain will also OneHitKO them as well.
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well. They've been fixed in the remake where they now take as much damage from regular hits as with other enemies and don't require specific moves/potions/spells to defeat easily.
* LadyOfWar: LadyOfWar:
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The valkyries are graceful females with armour allowing room for their wings. While they are primarily armed with spears, they function as slashing weapons.



* LoadsAndLoadsOfLoading: An unfortunate trade-off for wonderful hand-drawn art, but that doesn't make it any less annoying when it happens. The PS3 port of the original fixed some of it.
** Completely gone with the Remaster, as there are virtually no loading times.

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* LoadsAndLoadsOfLoading: An unfortunate trade-off for wonderful hand-drawn art, but that doesn't make it any less annoying when it happens. The PS3 port of the original fixed some of it. \n** Completely gone with the Remaster, as there are virtually no loading times.



* NintendoHard: As with all {{Atlus}} titles, this one is no exception. Enemies and projectiles flying off in multiple directions simultaneously can occasionally trigger a [[DisasterDominoes cascading disaster]]. For example, you can get dizzied by a laser beam, torched by wizard's flame, [[BalefulPolymorph turned into a frog]] and ''then'' [[DeathFromAbove one-hit killed from above]] by a midboss's jumping attack. All within the span of ten seconds.
** The remake is much more forgiving compared to the original, although if you choose to play Hard or Heroic mode, it becomes as difficult as the original.

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* NintendoHard: As with all {{Atlus}} titles, this one is no exception. Enemies and projectiles flying off in multiple directions simultaneously can occasionally trigger a [[DisasterDominoes cascading disaster]]. For example, you can get dizzied by a laser beam, torched by wizard's flame, [[BalefulPolymorph turned into a frog]] and ''then'' [[DeathFromAbove one-hit killed from above]] by a midboss's jumping attack. All within the span of ten seconds.
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seconds. The remake is much more forgiving compared to the original, although if you choose to play Hard or Heroic mode, it becomes as difficult as the original.



* PlayingwithFire: Velvet can use Fire Attacks in the remake.

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Velvet can use Fire Attacks in the remake.



* SceneryGorn: [[spoiler: During Armageddon. Perhaps the biggest example being the fight with King Gallon, where the player can watch Titania slowly crumble and sink into the sea in the background.]]

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[[spoiler: During Armageddon. Perhaps the biggest example being the fight with King Gallon, where the player can watch Titania slowly crumble and sink into the sea in the background.]]



* TogetherInDeath: [[spoiler:Odin and Griselda]]. The former literally embraces the latter's ghost in death, finding solace in that they will at least be reunited.

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[[spoiler:Odin and Griselda]]. The former literally embraces the latter's ghost in death, finding solace in that they will at least be reunited.



* YouAreWorthHell: Gwendolyn does [[ToHellAndBack literally go to hell]] to save Oswald, just as Mercedes does to save Brom. Likewise, Oswald goes to the hellish, fiery Volkenon to lift a curse from Gwendolyn. In fact, all the main characters [[ToHellAndBack visit the Netherworld]] for one reason or another, whether to save somebody or the entire world.

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* YouAreWorthHell: YouAreWorthHell:
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Gwendolyn does [[ToHellAndBack literally go to hell]] to save Oswald, just as Mercedes does to save Brom. Likewise, Oswald goes to the hellish, fiery Volkenon to lift a curse from Gwendolyn. In fact, all the main characters [[ToHellAndBack visit the Netherworld]] for one reason or another, whether to save somebody or the entire world.
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